TERESOPOLIS, Brazil, Oct 7 (Reuters): Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Cafu and Kaka will be among eight players rested by world champions Brazil for Sunday's World Cup qualifier away to Bolivia.
Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira announced on Thursday that Brazil, who have already made sure of their place in Germany, would also leave goalkeeper Dida, defender Juan and midfielder Emerson at home for the game.
Parreira had initially named a 26-man squad for the match in La Paz at 3,600 metres above sea level.
"We will take the chance to observe some players who haven't been playing and will now get the chance to show what they can do," Parreira said.
"Despite the game being at altitude, I'm confident that this team will put on a good performance and can win the game."
Parreira added that Brazil, who are second in the 10-nation South American World Cup qualifying group with 30 points from 16 games, could still overhaul arch-rivals Argentina, who are one point ahead.
"Brazil must always think about being first, for our ego, for our position in world football," he said. "We have to win our last two games and hope that Argentina slip up."